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October 01, 2013

Daily Current Affairs Updates - 27th September 2013

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International Affairs
  • The United States and China agreed to keep up a tough sanctions regime on North Korea amid warnings that the reclusive nation is still managing to pursue its nuclear program.
  • Israel denounces Iran's call to acknowledge its nuclear weapons, accusing HassanRouhani of diverting attention from Iran's nuclear work.
  • Iran and six world powers have headed into nuclear talks at the United Nations with US officials tamping down expectations of any quick breakthrough.
  • The IMF approved Friday a standby loan of nearly 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) for Romania, to match a backup loan of the same size requested from the European Union (EU).

National Affairs
  • The 14-day DelhiPhotoFestival 2013 began at India Habitat Centre in the national capital on 27th September 2013.
  • World Tourism Day is being observed
  • 81st Birth anniversary of famous Indian film director YashChopra observed
  • Birth anniversary of Vithalbhai Patel, great freedom fighter, social worker observed
  • Death anniversary of 18th century social reformer RajaRamMohanRoy is observed
  • As part the new strategy, Doordarshan has decided to air big-budget programmes for which producers can also bring advertisers or enter into arrangement with private channels for jointly telecasting cost intensive productions.
  • Leading by example, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily announced that he will travel by public transport every Wednesday, starting October 9, as part of the fuel conservation drive to save $5 billion in oil import bill.
New Appointments
  • Indian American trailblazer SriSrinivasan sworn in as judge of top US court.


Awards and Honors
  • RBI governor RaghuramRajan receives Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013  in recognition of his ground-breaking research work which influenced financial & macro-economic policies.
Science and Technology
  • The launch of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), which was deferred on August 19 following a flaw in the rocket, will take place on December 15, Indian Space Research Organisation chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan anounced.
  • Google celebrates its 15th birthday with a trip down memory lane, and an update to search engine formula which helped spawn the tech giant.
  • NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers water during its first sample analysis of the Red planet's surface.
Business and Economy
  • Toyota will recall nearly 700,000 Sienna minivans in North America to fix a gear shift defect.
  • Wipro  entered  the National Stock Exchange's 50-share Nifty index, while Reliance Infrastructure exit.

Sports
  • The 54th edition of the prestigious Subroto Cup, the biggest inter-school tournament for scouting talented footballers began at Ambedkar Stadium in NewDelhi.
  • ViditGujrathi wins bronze medal in World Junior Chess Championship after settling for a quick draw with winner Yu Yangyi of China.
  • Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was steady at number four even as rising star P V Sindhu regained her place in the top 10 after climbing two places in the latest world badminton rankings.
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